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Are Haribo Gummy Bears Gluten Free

Are Haribo Gummy Bears Gluten Free? Make Sure to Read This before Grabbing Your Haribo Gummies

Are Haribo gummy bears gluten free? This one specific question may be the first question that pops in your mind especially if you are allergic to foods with gluten. Well, let’s get to know what Haribo is. Haribo is basically a brand of gummy bears originated from Germany. Haribo is basically the abbreviation of the founder’s name, Johannes ‘Hans’ Riegel Sr., and the city where the confectionary company is born, which was in Bonn.

The company then started making its candy—the gummy bears, to be specific, in 1922. The gummy bears were called as Gummibärchen. Marking its long way to the 21st century, the gummy bears candy is still loved by many as it has a lot of flavor and color to entice customers.

Given that Haribo gummy bears are a big hit in the world of confectionary, some people whose gut has problem to digest gluten may start to wonder whether the product is gluten-free. So, are Haribo gummy bears gluten free?

The answer is no. According to some resources, Haribo gummy bears are listed as one product that is not gluten-free. Why so? Although Haribo does not directly contain wheat, Haribo gummy bears have a decent amount of glucose which comes from wheat or corn. That’s why people are listing it as one product that is not suggested for people with gut problem, especially gluten-related problem.

In the official website of Haribo, the question of ‘are Haribo gluten-free?’ is listed as one of the frequently asked questions. Rephrasing what the company says regarding this matter, the company says that in some Haribo products they do use ingredients that contain wheat. The company also said that even though there are products that don’t directly use wheat as part of their ingredients, they cannot make sure whether the ingredients are totally clean from the trace of gluten. So, as a bottom line, they said that their products may contain gluten.

As a consequence, if you got enticed with the charming color of the gummies and people’s reviews about the taste, remind yourself that the product may contain gluten and that’s why you should be careful. If you are still unsure about it, it’d be better to check the ingredients before taking it into your munching. As stated in their official website, allergens are often written in bold in the list.

Another way to ensure that the Haribo product you are going to chew is free from gluten is to call the customer care. That way, you can get the answer of ‘are Haribo gummy bears gluten free?’ and make sure that each Haribo gummies that you chew is safe for your gut.

Easy Roasting Bones for Bone Broth Recipe with Slow-Cooker

Easy Roasting Bones for Bone Broth Recipe with Slow-Cooker

Roasting bones for bone broth is not a tricky thing to do. Interestingly, you can make your bone broth literally from many sources, be it chicken, fish, and of course, beef bones. The broth can also be stored and used for your upcoming cooking session. Or, rely on the broth to replenish your mineral needs, which are good to help you maintain bones and joints health.

Planning to do roasting bones for bone broth? Well, you’ve come to the right page as this article will show you the step-by-step of making the beef broth.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 lbs. beef bones. You may mix little-meaty bones as short ribs, oxtails, and knuckle bones with marrow bones.
  • 1 onion, medium sized, cut into quarters.
  • 1 leek, medium seized, end trimmed. Cut this into 3-4 cm pieces.
  • 2 carrots, medium sized. Just like the leek, cut the carrot into 3-4 cm chunks.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 stalk of celery; cut this into 3-4 cm pieces.
  • 2 tbsp black peppercorns.
  • 1 large garlic head. Half it horizontally

How to make the broth

  1. Preheating your oven for roasting the bones is the first thing to do in these roasting bones for bone broth recipe. Set the temp into 450oF—which is equivalent 230oC, if you’re more comfortable with Celsius unit.
  2. Place the beef bones, carrots, onion, leek, and garlic on a roasting pan or baking tray with rim.
  3. Once the oven has already been preheated, put the tray and all ingredients on it into the oven. Roast it for 20 minutes.
  4. Take the pan out then flip the bones and all ingredients on it. Put it back into the oven and roast it with the same duration.
  5. While roasting, pour 12 cups of water into a stock pot.
  6. Then, put cider vinegar, bay leaves, celery, and peppercorns as well.
  7. Once the roasting process has finished, take the tray and put all roasted ingredients (beef bones and vegetables) into the stock pot. Include the juices if you find some.
  8. If required, cover all the ingredients with more water.
  9. Cover the pot, and have it being cooked for around 8-24 hours—of course with the stove on. If you think it’s too risky to have it cooked while leaving the stove on, pause the cooking process after some hours and continue it the next day. Alternately, you may also have a slow-cooker so you don’t have to think again about safety.
  10. Occasionally, remove the excess fat and foam. Don’t forget to leave the cover opened slightly.
  11. Once you’ve completed the cooking process, let it cool before straining it and storing it into small containers.

Once you put it into containers, you can have the broth chilled. So that’s how to roasting bones for bone broth; are you ready to make it?

Authentic Elote Recipe

Authentic Elote Recipe: How to Make Grilled Mexican Corn in a Cup

This authentic elote recipe might the best corn recipe ever. The natural sweetness of the corn, creamy mayonnaise, savory cheese, fiery hot sauce, a burst of sour lime, and Smokey chilies combine to create a rich flavor that will make you wanting for more. It’s an acquired taste for those of you who never had this Mexican dish before.

Elote is a hassle-free recipe that you can make yourself at home. Suppose you dislike eating corn on the cob. In that case, the authentic elote recipe in a cup below could be your easy way to go whenever you are craving this Mexican street food.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of frozen corn
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup of sour cream
  • ½ tsp of sriracha sauce, to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Lime salt, to taste (optional)
  • ½ cup of queso fresco or cotija cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup of cilantro
  • Chili powder
  • 1 lime, cut into small wedges

Cooking Instructions:

  1. To make an authentic elote recipe, you first need to pour 1 cup water and add 2 tablespoons of sugar to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the corn when the water is boiling, then cover with a lid. Simmer the corn for 3 to 5 minutes until all the corn is tender enough or evenly cooked.
  2. While waiting for the corn to simmer, mix sour cream, mayonnaise, kosher salt, lime salt, and sriracha sauce in a small-sized bowl. Drain the water and return the corn to the saucepan after it is finished cooking. Let it cool for approximately 3 minutes. Add the mixture of mayonnaise and sriracha to the corn and mix them until well combined. Divide the elote into four separate cups. Top them with cilantro, queso fresco, a bit of chile powder, and a wedge of lime. Elote cup is ready to serve.

Notes:

Cotija cheese is a traditional cheese commonly used to make elote in Mexico. However, this type of cheese is not widely available in regular grocery stores. As an alternative, use queso fresco instead. To minimize the efforts, it’s advised to use canned or frozen corn. Yet, you may also use fresh corn on the cob; it’s all up to your likings. To add more taste to this authentic elote recipe, you may add some ingredients, such as chopped jalapeno peppers, sautéed onion, cherry tomatoes, or grilled zucchini.

Shredded phyllo dough

Shredded Phyllo Dough Recipe and How to Make Kadayif Pastry at Home

Shredded phyllo dough, or which also popularly known as Kataifi, is a popular pastry used in the Middle East and Mediterranean region as the main ingredient to make various desserts. Yet, you can now make this pastry on your own with only 5 ingredients that can easily be obtained in the nearest grocery store.

So, how to make a shredded phyllo dough recipe at home? It’s a piece of cake. All you will need to prepare is a large-sized, flat pan, simple ingredients (all-purpose flour, salt, water, vegetable oil, and cornstarch), and a squeeze bottle.

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp of sea salt
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. To make the shredded phyllo dough, prepare a medium-sized bowl and combine cornstarch, all-purpose flour, and salt. Whisk until perfectly combined. Pour in 2 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Whisk until the batter is smooth enough and no lumps in the vicinity. In order to ensure that are no excess lumps, use a sieve to strain the phyllo batter.
  2. Cut a tiny hole in the top of the squeeze bottle and fill it halfway with the phyllo batter. Over medium heat, heat a large-sized, nonstick skillet until it’s evenly hot. Starting from the middle part of the skillet and moving towards its edge, squeeze the batter bottle gently to release a fine stream of phyllo batter in a clockwise direction.
  3. After around 5-10 seconds, the dough will start to pull off of the skillet. Use a spatula to pick the dough and place it in a bowl after it has done so. Repeat until all of the phyllo batters is completely used up, and use a clean dishtowel to cover the bowl. Prior to using the strands of phyllo dough, shred them into small pieces.

Notes:

Remember that the strands should be thin enough. Should you have no squeeze bottle; a piping bag can be a good alternative. When you remove the pastry from the skillet and notice that it is too brown, meaning you will need to reduce the heat since it supposed to remain white. If you pour the batter in a side-to-side motion, the edges will be excessively thick. That is why it’s highly recommended to use a circular motion when dispensing the batter. Once the shredded phyllo dough is ready, you may use them to make Kadayif or other sweet delicacies.

Healthiest Bread at Subway and Five Better Options to Munch Calorie-wise

Healthiest Bread at Subway and Five Better Options to Munch Calorie-wise

Subway may be your go-to fast food, but is there a term as ‘the healthiest bread at Subway’? Fortunately, you got a lot of options there. So, if you are on a weight loss plan, you can still grab a munch from chain of theirs. Guilt free, we assure you.

However, keep in mind that even the healthiest bread at Subway still has 100+ calories that you got to burn after eating it, if you don’t want to transform it to flappy fat layer. But compared to other menu, these five Subway breads are great options to choose from. Here’s the list.

Subway’s 9-grain wheat

Starting this list at 180 calories, 9-grain wheat can be your option of healthy bread at Subway. It can be said this one is one of the lowest in calories. Its majority, which counts up to 74%, comes from a form of carbohydrate. Sounds powerful to kick-start your day? True that, and with grains you can say that the bread will fill you with much dietary grains—even fills you with generous 16% of daily fiber needs. Your gut will thank you for this.

 

Subway’s Italian (white) bread

Its 6-inch size comes with the same count in terms of calories with the previous option—180 calories. However, this type of bread doesn’t provide you much dietary fiber as it allows you to complete only 1% of your daily fiber need. Its carb is slightly higher, and so is the sodium.

 

Subway’s honey oat bread

Another low-calorie bread to choose in Subway is this one. Along with its name, it has additional 2 grams of sugar—coming from the honey. The fiber in oat helps your gut to keep your hunger fades for some time. Not to forget, taking fibers will be good for your bowel movement.

 

Subway’s parmesan oregano

Without its fillings, Subway’s parmesan oregano takes the next place in this Subway’s healthy bread ranking. It has 190 calories to take after the munch and gulp. Keep in mind due to it is a bit salty taste; the sodium is higher in this bread. So, if you’re trying to lower your sodium intake, better choose another bread to eat.

 

Subway’s roasted garlic bread

With garlic as one of the ingredients, the bread will surely smell and tastes good. The calorie that you can store after eating may be higher (210 calories), but that’s not what you should be aware of. It’s the sodium content which surpasses half of your daily limit: 1,230 mg. Calorie-wise, this one is quite nice, but not if you base the judgment on its sodium.

The calorie of those aforementioned breads may be lower than the others, but keep in mind that the calories mentioned are merely for the bread. Therefore, it may not represent the idea of ‘healthiest bread at Subway’—but now you know which bread is low in calorie count.

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